LISBON (Reuters) – The websites of one of Portugal’s biggest newspapers and of a major broadcaster, both owned by the country’s largest media conglomerate Impresa, were down on Monday after being hit by a hacker attack over the weekend.
The alleged hackers, calling themselves Lapsus$ Group, published a message on the websites saying internal data would be leaked if the media group failed to pay a ransom. The message included e-mail and Telegram contact info.
The group did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment.
The same group allegedly hacked Brazil’s health ministry website last month, taking several systems down, including one with information about the national immunization program and another used to issue digital vaccination certificates.
CNCS’s coordinator, Lino Santos, told Observador newspaper it was the first time the group launched an attack in the country.
Websites of Expresso and SIC are have been offline since Sunday, with the pages showing a message saying they are “temporarily unavailable” following the attack and would return “as soon as possible”.
(Reporting by Catarina Demony; Editing by Inti Landauro and Louise Heavens)